Here on Monday, assembly approved Mental Healthcare Bill in Lok Sabha which legalizes suicide effort by mentally sick people and it also provides services for people with mental sickness.
As per the bill any person who tries to commit suicide shall be recognized as severe stress, and shall not be strained and penalized under Indian Penal Code, unless showed else.
The bill was earlier passed in Rajya Sabha in August 2016 with 134 formal amendments.
Mental Health Bill Provisions
- Suicide attempt under the Indian Penal Code by mentally ill persons are non-punishable.
- Every person will have authority to access mental healthcare from government funded services.
- Mentally sick person have right to make the advance instructions.
- Every mental health establishment needs to get registered with Central or State Mental Health Authority.